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Tribune Tavern
Tribune Tavern

Tribune Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://tribunetavern.com
  • Phone: (510) 452-8742
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: F 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Dinner: Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Huw Thornton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin St.
  • Public Transit: Bart Downtown 12th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Two public parking lots across the street with plenty of street parking.
A word from Tribune Tavern
The Tribune Tavern is the latest venture from Chris Pastena of Chop Bar and Temoor Noor of Grand Tavern. A century ago, the Oakland Tribune used the tower’s ground floor as its “local room” —where reporters from different departments worked side by side and shared tips on the news of the day. It was a gathering spot for the great minds of Oakland, and a place where headlines were made. The Tribune Tavern will carry on that tradition—as a place for people to mingle over happy hour drinks, lunch meetings, or dinner—with authentic, nourishing comfort food that’s affordable enough for everyone to enjoy, and a bar stocked with the best locally-made beer and wine. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server forgot to bring out an appetizer, two teas and a coke for our six person group. The worst part was that he never waited around to hear us finish telling him what we wanted when he took our order. My friend was still ordering and she turned around and he was gone. He literally just walked away. It was horrible."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've visited Tribune Tavern for lunch several times and it's been consistently good. Service is attentive. They have a nice selection of salads and sandwiches, and the ambience is lively, but the noise level is such that you can talk/carry on a meeting easily."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Their happy hour extends to 7:00pm which is really nice. I love the fish and chips! The drinks are great."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I'd been wanting to try this place. not only is it a warm, contemporary setting, but the creative food and superb service exceeded any expectations I might have had. I'll be back... soon!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Love that we have another great spot in downtown Oakland. Awesome creative food, solid selection of cocktails and beers, probably great wine too, but not what I look for. Food really is excellent. Had a mixed greens salad and the lamb, both legit. On another trip I was here for brunch and had a burger and we shared the guilty fries both of which were awesome."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Nice decor. Good menu. East Bay gem. Typical new-age pub fare, and all was delivered strong. Decent cocktail menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful old building with a modern gastropub inside. Moderate selection of beers on tap, wine, and full bar complemented by an interesting new American menu on top of the standard burger and fries. Ended my meal with a plum sorbet that was the best I have ever tasted!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food was disappointing. Our entree was cold when brought to the table. Bar was quite busy. Good selection of cocktsils and beer."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went with a group of 12. The place had a very nice look and feel to it; however, the chairs were a little too high to easily adjust (I'm 6'1" so my coworkers were more bothered by this). Great atmosphere and can't say anything bad about the service. Don't get the ribs. All the other food seemed delicious but I chose ribs because before I ate them I had never been disappointed by ribs before. I definitely wouldn't consider myself a rib connoisseur but they were pretty bad. Small portion, small amount of meat, not much flavor or sauce and gave me a really bad stomach ache until I got home that night and took some Pepto. Would definitely try again and order something else but I should have listened to my coworker and not ordered that."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I really like the place and the service staff. Ambience is good, if a little noisy at cocktail time. I'm being picky to say that sometimes the food flavors don't work for me, it seems like the chef is trying so hard to differentiate the menu that the execution falls a little short. Perhaps I'm reacting to very unusual flavor pairings, so I want to stress that the quality of the food is excellent, it's the flavor combinations that sometimes put me off a bit. Overall a true asset in a wonderful downtown location.Oakland, we need to keep this one..."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our first time at this restaurant and our meal and service were excellent!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A fun eatery with an interesting menu and a food-serious staff. Cool environment. They are getting it right!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The Tribune Tavern makes great use of the first floor space of the former newspaper headquarters one block from city center. Large corner windows make for great people watching. Noise level won't get in the way of conversation. Limited and quirky menu may be too foodie for downtown Oakland."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Interesting menu, a mix of tendy bar snacks and comfort food. Unique cocktails, well crafted and delicious. I would definitely come back here just to get a drink. Great decor and a very laid back vibe."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was my first time here and it was a great experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Sign of a successful restaurant must I suppose include the noise factor...too quiet and it's not a success...too noisy and folks like it. But it was hard to hear our conversation. I liked the food and the service was very good. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The service is attentive, the food well made and the noise level well under control, making business conversation possible but private. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite lunch spots in downtown Oakland. The food is usually quite good. I tried the cheeseburger for the first time and it was one of the best burgers I have ever had. It will be a tough choice in the future between it and the pork bell sandwich. Lots of choices for different palates with some interesting fare (house made sodas anyone?) Haven't had a bad experience in my 4-5 forays to this spot."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food and service are fantastic. The manhattans: incredible! I can't wait to come back for more!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were looking for a place for girl's night. Drinks, gossip, bad for you food. We say the Guilty fries on the menu, and decided in the Tavern. It's beautiful, the waitstaff was very attentive, and the food was wonderful. It was a little bit noisy, but Not so we couldn't hear each other across the table. We ate way too much, because all of it was wonderful. I have every intention of returning whenever I have an excuse."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was pretty good - we had a few appetizers to share and then each person had an entrée. The burgers were a little over-done, but the waitress was really nice about it. We were seated in the back so we had our own space, which was nice."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I liked the selection of food choices and the taste of my burger and fries. The server did not ask to refill my drink maybe that is why they leave the water at the table. Nice setting. I have been there 3 times. Very busy at lunch. Suggest sitting in the back of the restaurant if you want to hear each other. In the front if you want the energy and great city vibe."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We hadn't been here before but were pleasantly surprised with the food, service and ambiance. Food was very good pub fare. Good location before show at the Fox theatre. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Tribune Tavern is an energetic place with a fun vibe that has been beautifully remodeled and is located in the heart of downtown Oakland. I appreciate the concept of revitalizing a historic Oakland landmark, and I really wanted to love the place; but the food - while tasty - is so HEAVY that I will probably wait a long while before braving a revisit. Even the salads were weighed down by fat. Surprisingly, the menu did not appear to offer a single healthful choice to offset the many deep-fried, heavily "cheesed," abundantly buttered, over-dressed, and generally fat laden items. Chefs: please just throw in one or two lighter choices and the place will be a winner. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I've been wanting to check this place out since it opened and finally got the chance. I was looking forward to it, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I made reservations for two and when we arrived our table wasn't ready, so we sat at the bar to wait - and eventually ate at the bar. Funny, the gent who convinced us to stay at the bar said they were more attentive, would offer better service, etc., was not the person who served us (he also forgot about us till we called him out in good fun, of course). The food was OK; I prefer the food at Chop Bar. Chips and dip are too salty; wings are meh; and steak was good. The chips were cold and salty - lots of dip, not enough chips. The wings were huge and tasted OK, but it's not something I would"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was our second time at Tribune Tavern and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. On the first visit we were with a group of 8 people and tried just about everything on the menu, everything was fantastic. On our second visit there was just 4 of us and we each ordered our own individual entrees, instead of sharing like the previous time. I was craving a hamburger and I must say, their hamburger had to be one of the best I have ever had. Spectacular, highly recommend it. Enjoy"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Wonderful new place in the Iconic Oakland Tribune building....had a GREAT birthday lunch w a number of surprising and creative dishes. The chicken spaetzl was delicious and those house fries A-1.Tavern Chowder delicious and the owner brought us two complimentary desserts for our celebration that were over the top (chocolate bread pudding with ice cream was inhaled by all of us.) A bit noisy but worth talking a bit louder, cause this place should not be missed. A unique German food slant on some things. Our lunch group ordered recommended sparkling wine that was perfect. So, Tribune Tavern proves there is a THERE, in Oakland...no matter what Gertrude Stein said!!! BRAVO to TRIBUNE TAVERN!!! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Came here on the recommendation of a great burger. Our server was friendly and made an effort to get us drinks within the happy hour time frame. Food came out quickly as we asked because we had children with us. Guilty fries were great, chicken wings were okay, burger was good, ceaser salad was okay. Desserts were the best part of the meal: lemon bar and caramel cream. Ultimately waiting for the dessert and having to track down our waiter for the check turned into a much longer stay than we'd have liked. By 6:30 pm the noise in the restaurant was quite loud."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I've been here several times and have enjoyed the food . Don't know if there was a different cook but there were 3 of us and no one enjoyed their meal. Soggy grilled cheese sandwich , tasteless soup and cold fries"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Overall a nice place, but the service was a bit off/slow even though our waiter was young and polite, he just didn't stop by to check in on us, and keep the experience moving along as one would expect. The food was good, just the kitchen was a bit slow, and the place wasn't even full. Just could have been an off night overall, but not sure I'd go back. They need to fine tune a few things and there is great potential for the place."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Have been to this place twice now, and we have enjoyed it both times! Jessica is a very good server, and the food is very tasty. Tried the house cured trout appetizer this time, yum! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A really cool ambiance, corner bar/restaurant, historic feel but jousts falls short with a limited menu. Great place to watch a sporting event but look elsewhere for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Ambiance was bar like. Service needs work and food was random and uninspired. Noisy and felt sub par.. Website is much sleeker and inviting than the actual restaurant. A real disappointment unfortunately."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Pretty good, but hamburger overcooked and fries soggy."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Our friend was turning 50 so 4 of us went out together to Tribune Tavern to celebrate. Lively, sports bar atmosphere in the front, places to sit outside, interesting drinks and food, we sat towards the back where it was quieter but just as much fun. Our server Shannon was fantastic-making great recommendations and walking the fine line between overattentive and making sure we had whatever we wanted. I would thoroughly recommend Tribune Tavern."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My friend and I decided to dine at the Tribune Tavern for brunch. We're very pleased with our choice. Everything was great from the food, our waitperson, Jessica, who was great and had a wonderful personality to boot, the restaurant itself, the fabulous music, and seating on the patio which was perfect for us to take advantage of the great weather. We both had a wonderful time and were pleased to discover this gem of a restaurant in downtown Oakland. I'll definitely come back for dinner and will definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I wanted to get together with former friends and colleagues from Oakland, and this was the ideal spot, being in the city's most recognizable building (and our former workplace). The reservation was easy to make; I got a confirmation the morning of and the event went off without a hitch. I liked the beer selection and everyone seemed content with their food selections. I just picked off of others' fries (which were great), but I can't rate the food other than that."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Experience was bad, really bad. The place doesn't know what it wants to be: an interesting foodie joint, a sports bar, an evening stop on the way to somewhere else? Managed to get through cold, greasy potato chips, a nut mix that was more like nut pieces. Good front of house and waiter (Sara) and extensive beer and wine list (that was nearly impossible to read in the dim lighting). The food was, frankly, terrible. It was so heavily salted - on both the chicken pot pie that I had and the pork chop my friend had, that I wanted to send it back. Truly bad work by a kitchen and chef that doesn't trust the food. For $66 + $12 gratuity I would only recommend the Tavern to someone I that A) I didn't like and B) was never going to see again."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent and tasted delicious. I had the fried chicken and my mouth was watering the whole time. Fries were a bit too salty though. The service was horrible. We kept wondering where our server was and she would disappear for a disproportionate amount of time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent service even though the restaurant was busy. The drink menu has changed and the one I had was not particularly good. Salad was outstanding, hangar steak was good, but asparagus croquets were a disappointment. We could find no trace of asparagus, but the salsa on top was tasty. It's a fun spot, and I will go back for their fries with pulled pork that I had the first time."
    Dined on 3/4/2014